It's not that unusual for your local TV news to be a little more carefree in the morning hours and take plenty of minutes away from delivering the news to entertain and delight you. But when Ellen DeGeneres comes to your town, she gets upgraded to your main evening news. Such was the case last night as Ellen already is in Chicago working on and promoting her "Somewhat Special Special" on Wednesday — her second annual televised variety show from Just For Laughs Chicago. The folks at NBC 5 in Chicago pretty much let Ellen be Ellen and said the news can come later. Here's the footage:

Ellen's Somewhat Special Special will include The Catwalk Acrobats, Dominic Lacasse, James Galea, Matrix Ping Pong and DJ Nick Cannon. It tapes Wednesday at The Chicago Theatre and airs June 27 on TBS.